Trinity Gay (2001 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Trinity Gay, the daughter of U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, has been fatally shot in Kentucky, according to multiple news reports.
The Fayette County coroner's office said in a statement that Trinity Gay died Oct. 16, 2016, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She was 15.
The sprinter's agent, Mark Wetmore, confirmed her death in a text message to The Associated Press.
Lexington police said in a statement that officers went to the parking lot of a restaurant after witnesses reported that gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles. Officers located one of the vehicles and stopped two people for questioning. Police said Trinity Gay was not a passenger in either car.
She was herself a rising star on the track team at Lafayette High School. She finished fourth in last year's 100 meters in the state championships.
“She was so innocent; she was so innocent,” her mother, Shoshana Boyd, told the Daily News. “I just want people to stop shooting and realize who they’re hurting. It’s just random. They don’t understand; they don’t understand who they’re hurting.”
She said her daughter wanted to become a surgeon and also hoped to match the Olympic glory of her famous father.
Tyson Gay has competed as a sprinter for the United States in the past three Summer Olympic Games. He was a member of a team that won the silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 London Games. That medal was later stripped after Gay tested positive for steroids in 2013. He still holds the U.S. record for the 100-meter dash with a time of 9.69 seconds.
USA Track and Field tweeted, "Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity."
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